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Thumbnail Secretary Benjamin Diokno attended the meeting with the Technical Working Group (TWG) on the Pasig River Ferry Convergence Program held in DBM on January 19, 2018. The Pasig River Ferry Convergence Program is identified in the Budget Call as one of the priority programs of the Economic Development Cabinet Cluster. In his opening remarks, Secretary Diokno said, “We find huge potential in the Pasig River Ferry Service as an alternative mode of transportation for commuters, particularly those coming from the East side of the Metro to reach specific destinations within the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Taguig, Marikina and Quezon City.” Per DBM’s initiative, the TWG was set up to ensure the programs and projects of the different agencies involved support one another towards the common of goal of maximizing the use of the river. The restoration of the Ferry Service is expected to help address problems such as traffic, pollution and lack of connectivity among transport systems in National Capital Region.           The TWG meeting was attended by representatives from DBM, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Pasig River Rehabilitation...
On January 18, 2018, Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno discussed the Philippine infrastructure plans for 2018 and its financing strategies at the First Global Forum on Infrastructure Strategies held in Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.   In his presentation, he highlighted the ambitious Build Build Build program as one of the top priorities of the Duterte Administration. “We will spend about $160 to $180 billion in public infrastructure for the entire six years of the administration to make up for the government’s under investment in roads, railways, airports, seaports, and other infrastructure facilities,” he said.   He also discussed the financing program of the government to usher in the “Golden Age of Infrastructure in the Philippines”.   “For Fiscal Year 2018, infrastructure spending is pegged at PhP1.1 Trillion, equivalent to 6.3% of GDP and is higher by 27.9% compared to the 2017 budget,” Secretary Diokno said.   Infrastructure spending will be ramped up, reaching as much as 7.3 percent of GDP in 2022.   The government allotted the second largest budget to economic services at PhP 1.154 trillion for a 25% year-on- year increase. The Department of Public Works...
Thumbnail Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno holds a press briefing in DBM on January 17, 2018.                      DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno categorically stated that he is “not opposed to the increasing the salaries of our teachers” in a press conference this morning at the DBM Central Office.           “I understand the crucial role teachers have in nation-building and I do believe they should be rewarded accordingly,” he said.   Teachers’ Compensation with SSL and TRAIN           According to the budget chief, the take-home pay of teachers has already increased this year with the implementation of the Third Tranche of Salary Standardization Law (SSL). Furthermore, government personnel, including teachers, may expect another round of salary adjustments with the Fourth Tranche of SSL set to be implemented in 2019.           Currently, an entry-level public school teacher (Teacher 1), having Salary Grade 11 under Tranche 3 of the SSL, earns a monthly salary of P20,179. Annually, he/she will enjoy bonuses and allowances of P74,358[1]. This rounds up the monthly compensation package of teachers to P26,375. By 2019, their monthly salaries will increase to P20,754 and their total annual bonuses and allowances will...
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) hosted the first official meeting of the Participatory Governance Cluster (PGC) of the Cabinet for 2018 on January 11 at the DBM Library. DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, as PGC Co-Chair, facilitated the proceedings of the meeting. The meeting, held two months earlier than the Cluster’s prescribed meeting schedule, aimed to flesh out upcoming activities for the development of the expanded PGC Performance and Projects Roadmap (PPR), the blueprint that outlines the key reform programs and initiatives of the Duterte Administration in pursuit of participatory governance. “We have called this special meeting to present to you some developments and proposals for approval before the roll out of our proposed series of events,” said Sec. Diokno. During the meeting, he also welcomed the newly appointed Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge, Mr. Eduardo Año, as the new PGC Co-Chair. Said meeting was the second official meeting of the members of the Cluster since it was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 24 entitled, “Reorganizing the Cabinet Clusters System by Integrating Good Governance and...
         President Duterte has fulfilled his campaign promise to increase the salaries of cops and soldiers when he signed into law the Congress Joint Resolution modifying the Base Pay Schedule for Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) yesterday at Malacañang Palace.        Congress Joint Resolution (JR) no. 1, s. 2018 doubles the base pay of a Police Officer (PO) I in the Philippine National Police or a Private in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and equivalent ranks in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA). A PO I and those with equivalent rank will enjoy a 100% increase resulting to a monthly base pay of 29,668 pesos. Overall, the salary adjustments results to a 58.7% average increase for all MUP ranks, effective January 1, 2018.         The resolution also allows for a second Base Pay Schedule to be implemented beginning January 1, 2019. This will further increase the Base Pay of MUP ranks starting from First Chief Master Sergeant in the AFP and those with equivalent rank up to the rank of General in the...

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